When school is on holiday over the summer or even during winter break, it’s surprising how quickly academic skills get left behind. In fact, a Harvard study found that students lose an average of 2.6 months of math skills during the summer months. The phenomenon is known as the “summer slide,” but it occurs whenever students are away from school for an extended period of time. Your child can increase skills and be ahead of the class when school is back in session if you create a plan to stop the slide. This article will discuss the concept of the summer slide and how parents can encourage skill-building when school is out to keep kids’ brains working.

What Is the Slide?

Learning loss is something that can happen to any student when school is out for a while. However, studies have shown that it’s less for kids of parents who put extra effort into preventing their child from forgetting all the good information they’ve learned during the school year. Both reading and math skills show a marked decline when students return to school after long breaks. Sometimes, it can take months for a teacher to get kids back on track in their learning, and that is valuable time that your child could be learning new and exciting concepts. By helping your children be prepared and in a learning frame of mind helps both the teacher and your child. So how do you do that? We’re going to tell you!

Get Your Child Reading

Research suggests that encouraging a child to read as few as six books during the summer is enough to keep reading skills up. Head to your local library and find books that are on your child’s reading level. In fact, many libraries have summer reading programs geared to kids with prizes to motivate kids to keep reading. Make sure they are interesting subjects ― have your children pick out books on topics that are interesting to them. If possible, choose books that include some math problems to solve, such as those that might be found in detective novels. Set aside reading time every day and ask younger readers to read aloud. Studies by The Brookings Institute found that the more they are reading during long breaks from school, the better.

Create Math Games

A fun way to keep learning active in your household is to create math games that everyone can play. Whether it’s asking math-related questions when you are baking or quizzing them about lengths, multiplication, or counting leaves on a walk, you can come up with age-related questions that can make math exciting. The more you are excited about learning math, the more your children will be as well. Give them opportunities to come up with a solution, and their self-esteem will grow too. As a reader of the ParentEd by 3PL blog, you have access to many other ideas for keeping mathematics skils sharp by simply clicking through other articles in this blog.

Ask Them What They Are Learning

Keep engaged with your children and what they are learning every day. It’s a great thing to talk about around the dinner table, and it’s also an excellent time to increase vocabulary. By talking about learning, you can demonstrate to your children that what they learn when school is in session has direct application in their lives. It will make them more interested in learning if you’re interested in their success.